Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres that the military attacks in Gaza are “illegal.”
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called for Israel to be brought to an international court over its actions in Gaza amid the ongoing escalation between West Jerusalem and Hamas. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in a phone call on Tuesday that the Israeli army continues to violate international law in full view of the international community.
The two officials spoke ahead of a UN Security Council meeting on Gaza scheduled for Wednesday. The conversation focused on solutions to the ongoing humanitarian crisis in the Palestinian sector and ways to achieve them “Perpetual peace” In the region, according to the Turkish President’s Office in a statement on the X website (formerly Twitter).
Erdogan also stressed that Israel “Continues to blatantly trample international law, the law of war and humanitarian law.” The statement added that the Turkish President demanded West Jerusalem “They will be held accountable before international law for the crimes committed.”
Israel has been waging a military campaign against Hamas in Gaza since October 7, when the militants launched a surprise attack on Israeli territory, killing about 1,200 people, most of them civilians, and taking more than 200 hostage. West Jerusalem’s response included heavy bombardment of the enclave followed by a ground operation. These measures have already killed more than 16,000 Palestinians, including thousands of women and children, according to local officials.
On Tuesday, Erdogan expressed his condolences to Guterres over the killing of more than 100 United Nations employees in the Palestinian Strip amid the ongoing conflict.
A “humanitarian truce” was arranged last week after increasing international pressure on Israel. The truce also included an exchange of prisoners. Hamas has since released 39 Israeli hostages, in addition to twenty other prisoners, under a separate agreement. Israel released 117 Palestinian prisoners.
Erdogan strongly criticized Israel’s behavior in Gaza since the beginning of the escalation, describing it as inappropriate behavior “State of terror” The Israeli Defense Forces were accused of committing war crimes against the Palestinians. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded by accusing the Turkish president of supporting… “Hamas terrorist state”
Earlier in November, the Turkish president said Ankara would ask the International Atomic Energy Agency to investigate whether the Jewish state possesses a nuclear arsenal. He added: “Israeli nuclear weapons must be examined beyond a reasonable doubt before it is too late.” He then reminded everyone that West Jerusalem is not a party to the 1968 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.